CES 2015: A Smart Home Camera With Facial Recognition

Netatmo has been gaining momentum over the years as we saw their smart personal weather station in 2013, and their UV smart bracelet in 2014. For 2015, they unveiled Welcome, which is a smart home camera with facial recognition. It’s a camera that can recognize when your loved ones arrive home, and then send notifications to your phone through the accompanying app. Welcome applies names to the faces it knows, and can also alert you when it sees unknown faces. The app includes a full timeline of arrivals, and departures, so you can always stay on top of who’s at home at any given moment. There’s also the ability to access a live stream from the camera, or view past events saved based on arrivals.

The Welcome camera includes a 130 degree field of view with a full HD camera that also includes night vision with infrared LEDs. One of the best parts is that Welcome uses an on board SD card for storage and privacy, and doesn’t rely on cloud storage, or subscription fees. Netatmo also announced a Welcome accessory, known as Tags, which alert you about motion. You can place them on doors, windows, gates, mailboxes, and more to received notifications when any are opened, or even knocked on. Tags can be placed up to 100 meters, or 330 feet away from the Welcome camera.

Welcome will be available in the second quarter of 2015, though pricing wasn’t announced.

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